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Thanksgiving Saturday Nov. 29, 2014

Hope you'll bring your weekend guests

Hope you'll join us, at Wells Hall. Singles, couples, first-timers, and experienced dancers; All are Welcome. No partner needed; Alcohol and smoke-free; Workshop for newcomers (see below.) We have a great time, dancers, caller, and musicians too! Sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society. Bring your weekend guests and join us for this festive holiday dance.

LAURA ME' SMITH will teach and call the dances. She is well known at dances throughout the region, and has her own regular monthly series on Second Saturdays in Kirkland. Those of you with long memories may recall that she was the original founding caller of the Fifth Saturday series. She is a sweet and gracious caller known for the connection she makes with the dancers, as well as for the interesting and varied dances she chooses to present. A real treat to dance to.

FRESH CIDER wraps you in the comfort of a traditional New England sound in its full breadth and glory. From old Yankee hornpipes to late 20th century tunes from the great Bob McQuillen (finally deceased at 90, in April); from Celtic tunes to those from the Shetland Islands and England; leavened by Northwest and Missouri old time tunes. Chosen to fit the flow of each dance that Laura Me' calls, and played close to the dancers with rock-solid rhythm. Port Orchard's Laurel Stone, fiddle; Phil Katz (of Small Pleasures and many bands preceding), melodeons; backed by Dave Goodmanson on piano. Laurel recently vacationed in England, and brought back a lot of fine traditional English tunes from the famed Greenwich pub session. These mesh nicely with repertoire accumulated over the years by Phil, who got his box-playing start as an English-style melodeon player. We've culled these tunes for those that can be adapted to contradance tempo and phrasing, so there will be quite a few played on the 29th.

Our band plays "close to the dance and the dancers", choosing our tunes to match the dance chosen by the caller, and our styling to support the dancers as each dance evolves. It is a pleasure to play for our friends out on the dance floor.

Specifics on the Event:

The Fifth Saturday Contradance will be held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street, Tacoma - directions below. It is well-known as one of the sweetest halls in Puget Sound. (Note: It's the same location as the Tacoma Contra Dance that's held on Third Saturdays.)

The dance will run from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. The cost is $9.00, with a $2.00 discount for 18 down and 65 up. As always, a 10% discount will be available to Seattle Folklore Society members who request it.

There will be a newcomers' intro-lesson at 7:30 pm. Contra dancing is "not rocket science", and by the third dance, anyone looking out over the crowd will likely be unable to tell who just learned that evening! Laura Me' has a great manner, teaching; she will "bring the newcomers along" with great skill and graciousness, just as she has at the dance she founded in Kirkland. We are proud of the tradition of asking newcomers and visitors to dance, and looking after them on the dance floor. (Experienced dancers often bring friends they've been wanting to introduce to contra dancing, and help out by dancing in the mini-lesson.)

OK a few notices . . .

Please avoid wearing scented products (e.g. perfume, aftershave, cologne, scented hand lotion) to the Fifth Saturday Contra Dance. (Dancing, being aerobic, magnifies their scent, and also the effect of the solvents used therein!) Some dancers are hypersensitive or allergic to such products.

A word about children's attendance: It is fine for older children and teenagers who are comfortable interacting with adults on their own. However, it is not appropriate for small children unless they are on the sidelines supervised by adults at all times.

A caution on parking: The street right across from the hall has been posted as a "residents only" zone, so please don't park there - tickets have been given. There is plenty of parking on adjacent streets, and there are spots behind the church as well.

Directions to Wells Hall   

310 North "K" Street, Tacoma

From Seattle, "Eastside" of Lake Washington, or Des Moines

I-5 south to exit 133 (Tacoma City Center). Then take I-705 and the Schuster Parkway exit on the right (still called I-705). From there again stay right and take the Stadium Way (first) exit from Schuster Pkwy. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. The street goes up hill. Follow it til it ends, then swing left onto North 1st. You pass Stadium Thriftway and a Chevrolet lot, and then merge into Division at a traffic light. Continue on Division, turn right onto North "K". Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Enter the dance through the church courtyard.

From Olympia

Take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, exit 132 (Route 16-Gig Harbor exit). Follow Route 16 and take the Union Avenue exit and make a right turn. Follow Union to 6th Street and make a right. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Or you can take a few extra minutes and come all the way north on I5 to the I-705 exit (Tacoma City Center). Then follow the directions onto Schuster Parkway, etc. as given above.

From West of the Narrows Bridge

Take WA 16 east across the Narrows, and take exit 1B for Union Ave. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for University of Puget Sound. Turn left onto S Union Ave (at which point you'll be northbound.) Go about 1.5 mile and turn right into 6th Avenue. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

For more information please contact:
Phil Katz - - 206 722 8228.
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